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Justice For All: Stakeholder Engagement Opens Doors To Indy Initiative

Wedged between blue-collar neighborhoods that once supplied its workforce and the central business district of a thriving Midwest capital, the former General Motors Indianapolis Stamping Plant property presented a unique, 103-acreurban redevelopment opportunity. With the leadership and support of Mayor Joe Hogsett and his administration,… Read more

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Brewed Awakening
Rural Redevelopment

Brewed Awakening

Early in 2011, Joe Kuosman, Ben Self, Robin Sither and Brady Barlow searched for a location for the craft brewery they wanted to open in Lexington, Kentucky. The men knew they wanted their business to be in a neighborhood near downtown, be environmentally friendly and sustainable. By August, the partners found the perfect site in the city's historic Northside Neighborhood, at the corner of Sixth and Jefferson streets. The place they chose to establish their West Sixth Brewing Company was the former Rainbo Bread Company, a brownfield site. West Sixt… Read more
Coloring An 'Empty Canvas': Chicago's South Loop Vision
Industrial Development

Coloring An 'Empty Canvas': Chicago's South Loop Vision

In Chicago, global developer Related Midwest reveals it will take its time to develop a "city within a city" on a 62-acre parcel of land along the Chicago River. The project is described as "one of the most ambitious developments ever conceived in Chicago," and would include more than 10 million sq. ft. of residential, office, hotel and retail space on the site south of Roosevelt Rd., that would eventually link Chinatown and the South Loop. One of the points of emphasis around this project is that Related Midwest plans to install pop-up food trucks and other temporary elements to lure people to the site during the redevelopment phase. It's all part of interim brownfield st… Read more
Public–Private Collaboration in Economic Development and Displacement
Interim Use Strategies

Public–Private Collaboration in Economic Development and Displacement

What is the relationship between economic development and human displacement—or homelessness? How, if at all, does one interact with the other? I've researched the subject (lightly) and while it isn't difficult to obtain information on homeless population size and geography, trends in data that establish causality is less easily located, and when discovered is usually qualitative and, to degrees, anecdotal. With this qualification, it's probably not unreasonable to assume that in certain geographies a fierce and sudden influx of money and development can beget displacement. And in other geographies, the newly relocated now living in tents or vehicles can impede revitalizat… Read more

Risk Management

Methods That Should Be On Your Radar
Risk Management

Methods That Should Be On Your Radar

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill… Read more
Environmental Liability Insurance for Owners, Developers, Lenders and   Contractors
Risk Management

Environmental Liability Insurance for Owners, Developers, Lenders and Contractors

Redevelopment of a brownfield property, whether it be for a high-profile stadium or a small apartment complex, requires the coordination of efforts between property owners, developers, lenders, govern-mental regulators, contractors… Read more
When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop
Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. Increasingly, environmental impairment liability insurance is being required by lenders as a condition of… Read more


Urban

Breaking Down Barriers: Goose Island Proposal Is In The Zone
Urban Planning

Breaking Down Barriers: Goose Island Proposal Is In The Zone

A city of Chicago redevelopment is bent on removing manufacturing zoning to open the doors to mixed-use living within a first-time emphasis on residential housing in an area that's been… Read more
Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision
Urban Planning

Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision

Hey, owning a car and getting dibs on a permanent underground parking spot at a shiny new condominium is overrated, right? How about an urban redevelopment where everything is available… Read more
Community Focus: Former Aztec Industries, North Brookfield, Mass.
Urban Planning

Community Focus: Former Aztec Industries, North Brookfield, Mass.

North Brookfield is a small rural community in central Massachusetts. The town has a rich industrial history, but has experienced significant job losses since 2000 and has a higher poverty… Read more


Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0

No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well… Read more
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
Waterfront Redevelopment

A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity

The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold,… Read more

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